Contact: David Galin
ALBANY, NY – Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the City of Albany Joint Veterans Committee are pleased to announce that the annual Veterans Day Parade will again take place in the City of Albany at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “After being forced to limit last year’s gathering to a small wreath laying during the height of the ongoing pandemic, the City of Albany is honored to once again host this important event to recognize our Veterans and celebrate their service to our nation.”
The Veterans Day Parade Committee, which consists of Veteran organizations throughout the Capital District, have chosen to hold this year’s parade in honor the Veterans of the Global War on Terrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Any of these Veterans marching this year will be leading the parade along with the Gold Star Families at the request of the American Gold Star Mothers and Families.
U.S. Army 1SG Retired and Chairman of Joint Veterans Committee Mark Rosenzweig said, “We must remember that Veterans of conflicts have a story to tell, many aren’t ready to tell it yet, but when they open up and talk - we must listen and support them.”
The Parade route begins at the corner of Ontario Street and Central Avenue and participants will march east on Central Avenue, then east on Washington Avenue ending at the corner of Washington Avenue and Hawk Street, just east of the NYS Education Building. As always, the NYS Education Building steps will serve as the reviewing stand.
In the event of severe weather, a ceremony will be conducted in the City Hall Rotunda. Masks will be required in City Hall should the event be moved indoors.
The American Gold Star Mothers and Families will host a wreath laying at Our Lady of Peace in Memorial Grove on the corner of New Scotland Avenue and South Lake Avenue on Veterans Day at 9:30 am prior to the Parade.